University of Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington

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The University of Kentucky Arboretum, 40 hectares or 100acre, is located at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, United States. It is open to the public from dawn to dusk every day of the year.It contains a Home Demonstration Garden, Vegetable Garden, Herb Garden, Home Fruit and Nuts Garden, the All America Selection Trials Garden, Perennial Collection, Ground Cover Demonstration, Woody Plant Collection, and a "Walk Across Kentucky" that simulates Kentucky's seven regional landscapes: Bluegrass, Knobs, Appalachian Plateaus, Cumberland Mountains, Mississippian Plateaus and Outer Nashville Basin, Shawnee Hills, Mississippi Embayment and Alluvial Basin .The Arboretum was created in 1991, at which time it was overrun with non-native invasive plants such as honeysuckle and euonymus. The removal of such invasive plants has been and continues to be a major goal of Arboretum staff and volunteers.
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  • Our daughter & her husband live nearby. We went for a walk & took the dog along. Lots of people out & about. Nice walking area.  more »
  • There's so much more here than the last time I visited. A children's garden, plus a large garden with so many distinct sections to explore. I couldn't keep track of where I had been. And I still love ...  more »
  • This had paved paths, optional dirt paths, beautiful trees and plants (although we were really too early for fall colors and too late for flowers in mid October). We also saw several hawks and squirre...  more »
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  • Really cool place to take a walk or run. The grounds are dotted with trees and flowers. There are many different paths to walk on. The paved path is around 1.5 miles if you walk the whole thing. Dirt paths run throughout the arboretum and in the back are a small network of "trails" to hike or run. Lots of open space and benches to sit on. Good for people and puppy watching!
  • My "adopted" son just got out of Marine boot camp and only had 10 days to spend with family and friends and put together a small wedding for his bride to be before he is off to his next stop and TODAY being the day they planned to tie the knot in front of less than 10 close friends and family this place let them know last minute they could not take wedding pictures there! The bride to be actually had an emergency to deal with the night before so none of this was good timing at all! Shame on you!
  • I love walking through the Arboretum! It's so peaceful, and the scenery is so beautiful with flowers and trees throughout. Whether you're coming here by yourself, bringing your family, taking a romantic stroll, or hanging out with friends this place will not disappoint.
  • Well maintained and beautiful place but the experience is tainted by absolutely rude staff and the crowd of obsessive psychos that flip out over the sight of a bike, or the 'bike patrol', as I like to call them. Yes, riding your bike is prohibited here (key word - "riding") but you can just be walking it through from the street and someone will call you out for it. Pet owners will let their dogs freely roam around without a leash, but it's the bike users that are verbally attacked. Also, they refuse to add a bike lane or a path just for bikes. Ridiculous. On top of all of this you can't even use the public bathroom inside the visitor center without hearing some arrogant, totally unnecessary remark from the female attendant with short hair and glasses, or when she's even on time I should say. Maybe if the outside restroom didn't look and smell like a horse stable we wouldn't have to use the indoor bathroom. Will not be coming back, which is unfortunate because it's a very beautiful spot near campus.
  • Terrific place to run or walk. My kids enjoy naming the different trees and plants. Parking is always available, and this is a nice way to find nature in the middle of the city.

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